The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will issue this Thursday the ruling on the dispute between Bolivia and Chile regarding the use of the Silala waters.
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According to international media reports, the case “Dispute over the status and use of the Silala waters” will allegedly come to an end when the president of the court, Judge Joan E. Donoghue, reads the sentence.
The Bolivian spokesman for the case, Sebastián Michel, praised the method used by his country to resolve this conflict and proposed continuing this line of work to resolve another 17 controversies over transboundary waters with Chile.
Michel also urged to resolve pending bilateral conflicts through talks, including his country’s right to access to the Pacific Ocean coasts.
For her part, the current Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Ximena Fuentes and former agent for Chile in the case, recently said that in her opinion “the ruling will be good for both parties, not only for Chile; It will allow us to collaborate and cooperate in a very important matter that is water resources”.
Along the same lines, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Antonia Urrejola, expressed that this experience “opens up an opportunity to continue working with Bolivia on a positive agenda.”
Analysts agree that the ruling will not bring big surprises, it will be favorable for the two nations and will allow the relaunch of a bilateral relationship interrupted by the break in diplomatic relations in 1978.
This is the second trial between Bolivia and Chile in the main judicial body of the United Nations in the last six years.
The Silala water course is born in high altitude wetlands located in the Bolivian department of Potosí and crosses the Chilean border, so the use of this resource has been controversial since 2016 as a result of the lawsuit filed by Chile.